There has been nearly $100 spent for each of Maine’s 1.4 million residents in the U.S. Senate race.

This week on Maine's Political Pulse, Democrat Sara Gideon and Republican Sen. Susan Collins make their final arguments in a deadlocked contest awash in historic campaign spending that's given neither of the two front-runners a big advantage heading into the final days of voting.

Kris Bridges / For Maine Public

The long and wildly expensive Maine U.S. Senate race is drawing to a close. But after more than $100 million spent, a blizzard of nonstop ads and a campaign made unconventional by the pandemic, the contest could hinge on whether a majority of Maine voters believe Republican Sen. Susan Collins has changed during the presidency of Donald Trump. That’s the argument made by Democratic challenger Sara Gideon, who is within striking distance of knocking off the only Republican member of Congress in New England.

Victoria Stevens

In Jan. 2017, millions of marchers all over the United States came together in what may have been the largest single day of protest in U.S. history. Later that year, the #MeToo movement — which had begun quietly more than a decade earlier — began to snowball. And in 2018, a record number of women were elected to public office in the U.S.

Over 485,000 Mainers have received absentee ballots but only 420,000 have returned them to local election officials. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap is urging voters act now.

Alex Brandon / Associated Press

The CEO of a Levant apple orchard that hosted President Donald Trump for a rally on Sunday says he was blindsided by the size of the crowd that showed up, and concerned by the lack of pandemic-era hygiene.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

A new poll from Colby College indicates that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is improving his numbers in Maine, while the U.S. Senate race is as close as ever.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public file

It’s not often Democratic and Republican party operatives in Maine agree, but both say that control of the state Senate is up in the air this November, with close races in half a dozen of the 35 Senate seats that are up for grabs.

Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

Several progressive Maine advocacy groups are denouncing Monday night’s confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The COVID-19 pandemic is making many things more challenging — including, this year, voting.

Kris Bridges / For Maine Public

The two independent candidates in Maine’s U.S. Senate race have filed a formal complaint with the Federal Elections Commission for being excluded from this Wednesday’s debate hosted by Portland television station WMTW.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Maine poll workers on Tuesday can start processing an unprecedented deluge of absentee ballots that voters have mailed in or, in many cases, hand-delivered this month.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

With little more than a week left before the election, President Donald Trump spent Sunday campaigning in New England — including a surprise visit to the Pine Tree State. And Maine Democrats were quick to respond.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Over the past few years, Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro has repeatedly clashed with council members and faced an unsuccessful recall effort in 2018 after taunting a school shooting survivor in a social media post. He’s also been criticized for his anti-immigrant views.

This week on Maine's Political Pulse:

— Former Gov. Paul LePage stumps for Sen. Susan Collins at a rally fine-tuned for President Donald Trump's base of supporters

— A recap of the whirlwind week of congressional debates

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